CASA Sacramento

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$89,176 raised by 329 donors

89% complete

$100,000 Goal

Imagine your daughter is ten years old, and she has to attend a court hearing. She will sit in an unfamiliar, municipal room and listen to adults who barely know her discuss whether it’s in her best interest to move to a new home, change schools, or see particular family members. She knows that she may leave that courtroom with her entire world turned upside-down.

Would you let her go through that alone?

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Sacramento was established in 1991 to ensure consistency and support for children in the foster care system in Sacramento County through the use of volunteer advocates, advancing the best interests of each child. Our vision is that every child in need is appointed a CASA to champion them in Court, without compromise, on the path to a safe and permanent home. We match one caring adult volunteer with one vulnerable child to provide support, mentorship, and a "voice in court".

CASA Volunteers ensure that the Juvenile Court system, designed to promote the safety and well-being of families, is personalized to meet the needs of children struggling with histories of trauma from neglect and abuse. Volunteers build a relationship by spending one-on-one time with their youth. They investigate the youth's needs by visiting the youth's placements to assess safety and stability. They establish regular communication with social workers, parents, attorneys, teachers, foster families, and therapists on the youth's case. 

The National CASA Association has found that a foster child with a CASA has a better chance of staying connected to siblings, completing high school, and attending college. Children with a CASA Volunteer are more likely to be adopted than children without one, and the long-term rate of reentry to the dependency system for youth with a CASA Volunteer is approximately half that of other foster children. Children matched with a CASA Volunteer are less likely to fall victim to drugs, violence and trafficking. One year of CASA advocacy costs less than one month of foster care, and a youth with a CASA Volunteer is less likely to require public assistance or be incarcerated as an adult.

Since 1991, CASA Sacramento has served 4,220 children in foster care with 1,863 volunteer advocates who have contributed over 260,000 volunteer hours. A record 310 children were served in 2020 at CASA Sacramento.

Giving Activity

Mission

Ensuring consistency and support for children in the foster care system through the use of volunteer advocates advancing the best interests of each child.

Needs

21+ Volunteer advocates of all genders, experience levels, educational backgrounds.

Volunteer advocates from all communities: bilingual, LGBTQ, African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander.

Support for on-going program funding needs to ensure program strength and continuity for continued recruitment, training and supervision for CASA Volunteer matches, and administrative leadership.

Monthly gifts to ensure sustainability as the program grows.

Equity Statement

CASA Sacramento is an equal employment opportunity employer and strives to comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, medical condition, family care status, sexual orientation, sexual identification, as well as any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful, and all persons involved in the operations of CASA Sacramento are prohibited from engaging in this type of conduct.

In accordance with applicable federal and state law protecting qualified individuals with known disabilities, CASA Sacramento will attempt to reasonably accommodate those individuals unless doing so would create an undue hardship on CASA Sacramento. Any qualified applicant or Employee with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of the job should contact the Executive Director and request an accommodation.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

CASA Sacramento

Year Established

1991

Tax id (EIN)

68-0257139

Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Volunteers, Funding: Other, Funding: Unrestricted

Demographics Served

Youth & Children

Local Counties Served

Sacramento

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

301 Bicentennial Circle #220
Sacramento, CA 95826

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Phone

916-875-6460

fax

916-875-6879

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